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01
Jun

El Sueño De La Razón Produce Monstruos

When I was a senior in high school, my Spanish teacher introduced me to the etching “El Sueño de la Razón Produce Monstruos” (“The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters”) made by the artist Francisco de Goya, and that work changed my life and the way I view the world.
The work depicts someone with their head tucked into their crossed arms lying on a desk. It sounds simple, except that the person is surrounded by beasts and bats, presumably haunting that person’s subconscious. 
The piece’s title is really what strikes me. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. It’s so simple, and yet that simple phrase can send the mind reeling. Combining the picture and its title helps to showcase just the point Goya intended to display.
Wed
01
Jun

Quick Quips

• It was a pretty full weekend for Memorial Day. The softball tournament kept us up. My wife and daughter were up at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, while I got to sleep in until 6:30 a.m. My family had fun visiting with folks from Wilber who had a team in the tournament.
This is a pretty big deal for the community and next year FJN will be doing some different things to boost the event.
This is the first Memorial Day service I have been to in nearly 20 years. Last time I was a single man covering it for the paper and this time I was still covering it for the paper; however, I was also a dad watching his son participate in the event with the Scouts. It was great to see the respect the Boy and Girl Scouts showed at the event.
Wed
01
Jun

Stars And Stripes Or Stars And Bars, It’s Important To Honor All

Memorial Day is a solemn event. 
Some view it as an extra day off from work. Others see it as the official kick off to summer, an excuse to fire up the BBQ grill or maybe attend a school reunion or buy sheets and bed linen on sale. But Memorial Day is more than that. Much, much more.
Memorial Day, which was originally known as ‘Decoration Day’ originated in the years following the American Civil War. Early accounts say the date (the last Monday in May) was to honor those who died while in service to their country. More contemporary though is that we honor those men and women who served in the armed forces, period...as well as family, friends and loved one who have passed.
Agree or disagree it is just and right that from a military point of view all of those who served should be honored. This belief was held true evident by the marking of two graves in the Fairbury Cemetery this past week.
Wed
01
Jun

After We’re Gone Who Will Honor The Dead?

Growing up in the 1960s and 70s it was always called ‘Decoration Day.” The holiday we know as Memorial Day was always a serious matter at the Arnold household.
My sister Debbie and I recanted over this past weekend our recollections of ‘Decoration Day’ while growing up in Fairbury. For what seemed like weeks prior to the holiday Mom, Dad and the grandparents would carefully prune, trim and then cut fresh flowers out of the garden. Iris. Peony. Gladiola. They were all carefully arranged in bouquets (there were never any artificial flowers at least not until later years) put in the trunk of the Mercury and away we’d go.
When we went to the cemetery to decorate, my Grandma Nonie would oftentimes pack a lunch. She would show us where all the family was, who was related to whom, where they lived...things like that. And every day we would go back to the cemetery to water flowers.
It was a big deal.
Wed
01
Jun

After We’re Gone Who Will Honor The Dead?

Growing up in the 1960s and 70s it was always called ‘Decoration Day.” The holiday we know as Memorial Day was always a serious matter at the Arnold household.
My sister Debbie and I recanted over this past weekend our recollections of ‘Decoration Day’ while growing up in Fairbury. For what seemed like weeks prior to the holiday Mom, Dad and the grandparents would carefully prune, trim and then cut fresh flowers out of the garden. Iris. Peony. Gladiola. They were all carefully arranged in bouquets (there were never any artificial flowers at least not until later years) put in the trunk of the Mercury and away we’d go.
When we went to the cemetery to decorate, my Grandma Nonie would oftentimes pack a lunch. She would show us where all the family was, who was related to whom, where they lived...things like that. And every day we would go back to the cemetery to water flowers.
It was a big deal.
Wed
01
Jun

Ruhnke Reunion

The annual Ruhnke Reunion will be held Sunday June 5 in the community room of Union Bank, Fairbury.
The potluck dinner will begin at 12 noon.
Date: 
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 12:00pm
Wed
01
Jun

Club News

UMW met Thursday, May 19, at the United Methodist Church. President Ellie Wrigley called the meeting to order with eleven members present. Devotions were given by Ortrude Snyder. Last month's minutes by Maxine Ward and Treasurer's report by Marilyn Wrigley were read and accepted.
Special guest Tammy Suey told about the program for trainees from numerous countries who spend a year learning best practices in swine breeding and production with Livingston Enterprises Inc. Owned by Bruce and Trudy Livingston and family.
Wed
01
Jun

People

PreSchool Learning Center, Fairbury, Nebraska is proud to announce that Martha Welsch will be the director/head teacher for the 2016-17 school year. 
Martha has over 20 years of teaching experience as a substitute for local schools. 
Wed
01
Jun

Youth

Henry Graduates From Bryon 
Kaden R. Henry, Fairbury native and graduate of Fairbury High School, graduated from Bryon School of Health Science on May 6, 2016. Kaden graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a dual major in Cardiovascular Synography. After the ceremony, a reception given in his honor was held at Wonder Rosa Winery in Roca, Neb. It was attended by family and friends. Kaden has accepted a position at Omaha Children’s Hospital as a member of the Cardiac Diagnostic Team. Kaden is the son of Rod Henry and Gail Henry of Fairbury and grandson of Donna Rae Henry of Cody, Wyoming.
 
 
NCK Tech Graduates 
NCK Tech confirms certificates and degrees to students during the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies. Graduation exercises were held on the Beloit campus on Friday, May 13.
Fairbury: Marshall Nichelson-Welding, Brooke Rayburn-Business Management.
Wed
01
Jun

Preschool Learning Center Graduating Class of 2016

Left to Right: Back- Assistant Marissa Baldozier, Keeton Warnke, Eli Keyser, Liam Goeking, Braxton Davis, Paige Garst and Teacher Nancy Wiedergreen. Front- Berlyn Gouin, Chole York and Tatum Goeking. (contributed photo)
 

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